As I mentioned earlier this off-season, Sandy Alomar, Jr. is being considered for several Major League management positions.
He is one of three people to interview for the vacant Boston Red Sox position this week. Torey Lovullo, who spent eight years managing in the Indians organization, will interview for the position as well. Lovullo is currently the first base coach with the Toronto Blue Jays under manager John Farrell (who also spent time with the Indians organization).
Lovullo was in the running for the Indians managerial position after the 2009 season when Eric Wedge was fired. At the time, he was the coach for the Indians’ Triple-A club. After he was passed over for the position in favor of Manny Acta, he left to coach in Boston’s minor league system, managing the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010.
Detroit third base coach Gene Lamont, Philadelphia’s bench coach Pete Mackanin, and Milwaukee’s hitting coach Dale Sveum are in the running for Boston’s vacant position as well.
Alomar is also under consideration for the vacant managerial position with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are also considering Sveum and Mackanin, in addition to Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux. Boston also considered Maddux, but he withdrew his name from contention.
With former Boston General Manager Theo Epstein leaving for the Cubs, and his former Assistant General Manager Ben Cherington taking the reins in Boston upon his departure, it makes sense that the two teams are considering the same candidates.
While the reasonable part of me really would like to see Sandy Alomar get a chance to manage in the Major Leagues, the unreasonable part of me doesn’t want to see him leave Cleveland. So I’ve been cheering against him so far this off-season, but I feel kind of guilty doing so.